I’ve taken on a writing mentee. She is a woman my age who is interested in writing.
This partnership could have gone differently than it is. She’s writing and sending me her stories. She’s serious about this. That to me is the first hurdle to learning a new skill. It is one thing to say you want to do something, it is entirely another to actually get at it. Or stay with it.
The second hurdle is that I believe she has talent. Even a little bit of talent combined with a work ethic will produce a skilled writer. It’s all I had when I began.
I told her, I’d like to be the advisor to her that would I would have liked when I started writing.
Someone told me, I would be amazed, that I would learn so much by doing this.
|Memories of days past are often included in the writer's process|
They were right. I’ve critiqued writing, I’ve offered suggestions to writers, but this mentor/mentee relationship takes me to a whole different level. I have been challenged to accurately and helpfully show the effective way to tell stories. I’ve had to find the words to be able to share my instincts. Then those same words become a guide.
This quote sums up the experience.
“Until you can explain it, you don’t really understand it.”